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Christchurch is located on the East Coast of the South Island. With just over 320,000 inhabitants, it is the second largest city in New Zealand and the largest in the South Island, and a very popular tourist destination in all seasons. In a recent world-wide study, the city was rated in the top-ten tourist destinations in the world.

Although labelled as 'The Garden City', and a city that is more English than England, Christchurch is trying to shake its slow-paced, sedate image. Per capita, the city has more restaurants, cafes, bars, shops and accommodation than any other town or city in New Zealand, and the nightclub culture is rapidly growing. Don't forget to visit 'The Strip' in Oxford Terrace - a whole street of bars and cafes all in a row.

Of course, if slow-paced is what you are looking for, there are more beautiful gardens than you can ever expect to visit, and many historic builings, the most famous being the Anglican Cathedral in the very heart of the city. Lying on the flat Canterbury Plains, Christchurch is also the perfect city for exploring by foot, and there are hosts of bush-walks to do. Set aside by the city planners all those years ago, Hagley Park in the central city is the largest urban park in the country.

In the surrounding area there are several ski-fields, nearby hills which are perfect for tramping, sunny bays and beaches, and just 90 minutes north is Hanmer Springs Thermal Area, paradise thrillseekers and relaxers alike.

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Attractions
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Airforce World
The Arts Centre
Canterbury Museum
Christchurch Gondola
International Antarctic Centre
Orana Wildlife Park
Southern Encounter: Aquarium of Discovery


Airforce World
Main South Road
Wigram
Christchurch
(03) 343 9532
info@afw.co.nz
www.afw.co.nz

Airforce World is and aircraft museum located on the old Royal New Zealand Airforce base at Wigram. It investigates nearly a century of flight in New Zealand and around the world, and includes a 30 minute movie on flight.
Airforce World features one of the largest collections of restored aircraft in the country. You can go on a joyride over the city in a Tiger Moth, and there are experienced guides on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Open every day, 10am - 7pm

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The Arts Centre
Worcester Boulevard
Christchurch
(03) 3660 989

www.artscentre.org.nz

Located right in the hub of Christchurch, the Arts Centre is home to a huge collection of art galleries, craft shops, cafes, restaurants and bars, cinemas, theatres, and on the weekend, a large market selling art's and craft, and there's even a huge variety of ethnic food at the ethnic food fair.
The old University buildings are home to several historic places, including the Observatory, and the den of Ernest Rutherford, world-renowned scientist.

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Canterbury Museum
Rolleston Avenue
Christchurch
(03) 366 5000

Discover one of the country's leading museums, located just a two-minute walk away from Cathedral Square. Founded in 1867, there are more than 2 million items on display that explore our cultural and natural history. Displays include Maori history, Birds, the Antarctic, the Discovery Centre, and an excellent recreation of an olden day Christchurch street, complete with walk-in shops, as well as temporary attractions. There is also a shop and cafe, to add to the experience. Donations are suggested, although temporary attractions cost, plus a $2 charge for the Discovery Centre.

Open every day, 9am - 5pm

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International Antarctic Centre
10 Orchards Road
Christchurch International Airport
(03) 3589 896

info@iceberg.co.nz
www.iceberg.co.nz

The International Antarctic Centre in Christchurch is located at the International Airport, near the U.S. Antarctic Base, where the U.S. launches all their planes to Antarctica. It is a multi-award winning attraction, and recreates an Antarctic environment within 10 km from the central city. It investigates Robert Scott's mission to the South Pole in great detail. Kids can have fun playing with over 40 tonnes of snow in a 200m² room, with sledding and a snow cave to explore. There is even a cafe to relax and enjoy a meal.

Just follow the footsteps from the Airport.

Open every day, 9am - 8pm


Christchurch Gondola
10 Bridle Path Road
Heathcote
Christchurch
(03) 3840 700

gondola@gondola.co.nz
www.gondola.co.nz

Located just fifteen minutes drive from the central city, the Christchurch Gondola gently lifts passengers 945 metres (almost 3000ft), to the Gondola summit Complex, 500m (1500ft) from sea level, with unique views of Christchurch, the Canterbury Plains and Lyttelton Harbour.
At the summit you will find rides, including the Time Tunnel, an exploration into the history of Canterbury and Banks Peninsula. The Summit Cafe offers affordable meals while looking over the city, and you can even buy gifts at the souvenir shop.
Catch the free shuttle bus from the Visitor Center in Oxford Terrace, or take the No 28 Lyttelton public bus, which leaves from Cathedral Square, and drops you at the Gondola Terminal.

Open every day, 10am - 9pm


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Orana Wildlife ParkOrana Park Homepage
743 McLeans Island Road
Christchurch
(03) 3597 109

zorion@netaccess.co.nz
www.oranawildlifepark.co.nz

New Zealand's largest wildlife reserve, Orana Wildlife Park is set on 80 hectares of park land. It is internationally recognised for its breeding of rare and endangered New Zealand and African animals. You can experience the feeding of the magnificent Rothschild giraffe, see cheetah in full chase, feed the lions, enjoy the antics of monkeys, lemurs, porcupines and servals, and be amazed at the African Plains exhibit featuring white rhino and zebra. Be sure not to miss out on New Zealand's own symbol, the Kiwi in the nocturnal house, as well as other native birds and our rare reptile, the Tuatara. You can relax and enjoy the view of all this from our fully licensed Serengeti Restaurant. Private functions available by arrangement.

Open every day, 10am - 4.30pm


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Southern Encounter: Aquarium of Discovery
Cathedral Square
Christchurch
(03) 3773 474

Southern Encounter is one of Christchurch's newest attractions. It explores the marine life of the South Island of New Zealand. Venture from the east coast to the west. See all types of fish in their natural environment, and see the giant sharks and eels being hand fed by the divers. There is even a touch tank for kids to investigate animals in detail.
But wait, there's more...
Southern Encounter is located in Cathedral Square right in the middle of the city. What more could you ask for?

Open every day, 9am - 7pm, last admissions - 6pm


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Accommodation
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Chateau on the Park
CENTRA Christchurch
Copthorne Christchurch Central
Copthorne Durham Street
Crowne Plaza Christchurch
Hotel Grand Chancellor Christchurch
Millenium Christchurch
Rydges Christchurch


Chateau on The Park
189 Deans Avenue, PO BOX 8161
Riccarton
CHRISTCHURCH
(03) 348 8999
gm@chateau-park.co.nz
www.chateau-park.co.nz

The Chateau on the Park is a resort style hotel nestled between Hagley Park and the beautiful historic home and gardens of Mona Vale just minutes from the centre of Christchurch.

The hotel is set among 5 acres of beautifully maintained gardens offering tranquillity and seclusion that you would normally expect to find miles from a city.

Every guest room has a garden view, and with close to 200 rooms is within minutes walk of Christchurch's major attractions.

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CENTRA Christchurch
Corner of Cashel and High Streets
CHRISTCHURCH
(03) 365 8888
reservations@christchurch.centra.co.nz
www.centra.com.au

Centra Christchurch is ideally located in the heart of Christchurch. Close to business and retail shopping districts and just minutes from the Cathedral Square, Centra will ensure that your stay in our city is a memorable one.

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Copthorne Christchurch Central
776 Colombo Street
CHRISTCHURCH
(03) 379 5880
central.res@cdlhms.co.nz
www.stay.with-us.com

Copthorne Central overlooks beautiful Victoria Square and the tranquil Avon River. It is located only 4 minutes walk from the centre of the city at the top end of Colombo Street.

Every room has direct dial telephone, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, electric blankets and Sky TV, and the hotel is complete with swimming pool, sauna and gymnasium.

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Copthorne Durham Street
Corner Durham and Kilmore Sts
CHRISTCHURCH
(03) 365 4699
copthorne.durham@mcqhotels.co.nz
www.copthornedurham.co.nz

A contemporary hotel, offering splendid views across Hagley Park to the Southern Alps, superbly located within Christchurch's "Half Mile of Style", featuring a wide variety of boutique shopping and cafes. Just across the street is the uniquely upmarket boutique Christchurch Casino and adjacent to the hotel is the Christchurch Convention Centre and Town hall. Other Christchurch attractions such as Hagley Park, Arts Centre, and Cathedral Square are just a short stroll away.

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Hotel Grand Chancellor Christchurch
161 Cashel Street
PO Box 22 335
CHRISTCHURCH
(03) 379 2999
res@grandc.co.nz
www.grandc.co.nz

Christchurch's tallest hotel, at 26 floors, the Hotel Grand Chancellor offers the conference delegate, the business traveller or the holiday maker alike, friendly hospitality and unparalleled service at affordable prices.

The Hotel offers spacious well-appointed rooms with sweeping views over the City and Canterbury Plains to the distant snow capped Southern Alps.

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Millenium Christchurch
14 Cathedral Square
CHRISTCHURCH
(03) 365 1111
central.res@cdlhms.co.nz
www.stay.with-us.com

Having been home to such guests as Bill Clinton and the Japanese Royal Family, the Milleniun Hotel is centrally located in picturesque Cathedral Square the heart of Christchurch for business, shopping and only minutes from the city's key tourist attractions - including the Christchurch Casino. In a city of elegance and timeless beauty the Millennium Christchurch embraces these qualities.

All rooms have full air conditioning, colour TV with Sky TV , refrigerator, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, direct dial telephone, voice mail, modem links, individual safes, iron and ironing board, hairdryers and electric blankets.

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Crowne Plaza Christchurch
Cnr Durham and Kilmore Streets
CHRISTCHURCH
(03) 365 7799
www.sixcontinentshotels.com/crowneplaza

One of the most luxury hotels in town, Crowne Plaza Christchurch enjoys a central city position. From the moment you enter the award winning hotel you will feel welcome. Luxury accommodation, a fantastic range of restaurants and spacious public areas combined with a friendly, attentive service will ensure your visit is truly memorable.

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Rydges Christchurch
Cnr Oxford Terrace & Worcester Street
CHRISTCHURCH
(03) 379 4700
reservations_christchurch@rydges.com
www.rydges.com

Rydges Christchurch enjoys a reputation as one of the South Island's finest hotels. The Hotel is ideally located in the central business district and overlooks the picturesque Avon River. It is only a few minutes walk to the shopping and restaurant district.

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Christchurch Links

Christchurch City Council
The Canterbury Pages
christchurch.org.nz
Christchurch and Canterbury New Zealand
"The Press" Newspaper
Whatson.org
WhatsonChristchurch

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